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Solvent recycling: How to recycle your used industrial solvents for profit

The commendable practice of recycling solvents and chemical waste is most often framed within the context of environmental responsibility and stewardship—as indeed it should be. But a very significant and more immediate advantage is the direct economic benefit your company can realize. Spent solvents are a paradigm case Saturated lacquer-thinners, acetones, chlorides, and other [...]

By |2019-04-09T15:52:53-05:00April 9th, 2019|Chemical Waste Disposal, Hazardous Waste, Recycling, Sustainability, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Solvent recycling: How to recycle your used industrial solvents for profit

Understanding Cradle to Grave Responsibility in Hazardous Waste Management

BE AWARE—AND BEWARE—OF YOUR “CRADLE-TO-GRAVE” RESPONSIBILITY FOR MANAGING HAZARDOUS WASTE One of the oft-forgotten imperatives of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is that you’re responsible for any hazardous waste you “generate” from “cradle-to-grave.” This includes its generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal. Thereby, you’re not only accountable for a hazardous waste from [...]

By |2019-04-01T09:42:40-05:00April 1st, 2019|Chemical Waste Disposal, EPA, Hazardous Waste, Recycling, Sustainability, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Understanding Cradle to Grave Responsibility in Hazardous Waste Management

2019 National Conferences for Hazardous Waste Management Professionals

January begins the national conference season for hazardous waste management, and herein we list—and briefly describe—12 worthies in chronological order: two in January, two in February, two in March, three in April, two in May, and one in October. A couple of recommendations We recommend two spring dates in particular, both happening in May: WasteExpo [...]

By |2018-12-11T08:33:19-05:00December 11th, 2018|Uncategorized, Update|Comments Off on 2019 National Conferences for Hazardous Waste Management Professionals

What Do You Need to Know About Delisting A Hazardous Waste Stream?

There are two kinds of hazardous waste according to the EPA. Characteristic hazardous wastes are more-or-less what you would expect: unusable byproducts requiring hazardous waste management because they possess noxious qualities such as corrosivity, ignitability, reactivity, and/or toxicity. Listed hazardous wastes are less intuitive. These don’t exhibit such noxious qualities per se. Instead, because [...]

By |2019-02-11T13:57:37-05:00April 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Do You Need to Know About Delisting A Hazardous Waste Stream?

How OSHA Workplace Rules Affect Hazardous Waste Management

In matters of hazardous waste removal, it’s just not EPA directives that you need to heed. There are also OSHA requirements. Proper hazardous waste management—which falls under EPA auspices—serves to protect the ecology. But it’s also an integral part of industrial hygiene (aka occupational hygiene or workplace health), which is the central concern of OSHA. So what exactly is [...]

By |2019-02-11T13:59:00-05:00March 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How OSHA Workplace Rules Affect Hazardous Waste Management

A Review of the EPA Hazardous Waste Profile and its Requirements

Among the many procedures and requirements dictated by the EPA in matters of hazardous waste disposal is something called a Hazardous Waste Profile, formerly known as a “waste characterization profile.” In essence, a Hazardous Waste Profile requires you to list the chemical properties of the particular type of waste you intend to dispose of or [...]

By |2019-02-11T14:00:18-05:00February 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Review of the EPA Hazardous Waste Profile and its Requirements

Some Worthy National Conferences For Hazardous Waste Management Professionals

January is a good time to start pondering your schedule for professional development, and so we’ve listed a number of annual national conferences that focus upon hazardous waste management. So as not to be overwhelming, we’ve limited ourselves to U.S. national conferences, effectively ignoring such worthies as the International EcoWASTE Conference in Abu Dhabi. Neither have we [...]

By |2019-02-04T08:35:22-05:00January 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Some Worthy National Conferences For Hazardous Waste Management Professionals

What are the Educational Requirements for your Onsite Hazardous Waste Manager?

Perhaps some people are born to hazardous waste management. Others aspire to it. And yet others have it thrust upon them. But whatever the case, while the academic requirements to become a hazardous waste manager vary across employers, in virtually all cases the minimum educational prerequisite is—or should be—an undergraduate degree. Usually, that degree must [...]

By |2019-02-11T13:03:40-05:00December 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What are the Educational Requirements for your Onsite Hazardous Waste Manager?

Does Your Company Have a Contingency Plan to Deal With Possible Hazmat Disasters?

No commercial or industrial enterprise that involves chemicals or petroleum is immune from the possibility of a disaster: some unexpected contingency that occurs beyond normal operations and catastrophically impacts yourhazardous waste management. No matter how large or small your enterprise, you need to consider the environmental damage that might be caused by escaped hazardous [...]

By |2019-02-11T14:11:11-05:00June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Does Your Company Have a Contingency Plan to Deal With Possible Hazmat Disasters?

Don’t Let Bungled Hazardous Waste Management Destroy Your Brand Equity

In this age of heightened awareness about environmental issues, you can kill or seriously injure your brand image with just one bad decision. Germany’s Volkswagen Group has gone out of their way to prove this, installing an illegal defeat device with intent to cheat on emissions tests. But you don’t need criminal intent to [...]

By |2019-02-11T14:20:14-05:00May 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Don’t Let Bungled Hazardous Waste Management Destroy Your Brand Equity